iPhone user opening a link in Chrome
Khamosh Pathak

Apple doesn’t let you change the default browser on your iPhone or iPad. If you tap a link, it will open in the Safari app. Instead of doing the copy-paste dance, use this shortcut to automatically open links in Chrome.

If you’re not aware, Shortcuts is the built-in automation tool available on the iPhone and iPad (found on iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and higher). Don’t let the automation word scare you. You don’t need to create any automation yourself. You can use automation shortcuts created by someone else, which is exactly what we’re going to be doing today.

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We’ll be using the “Open In Chrome” shortcut. But as it’s not available in the Shortcuts Gallery, you’ll have to download and add it first. And to do that, you’ll need to enable the “Untrusted Shortcuts” feature. Apple blocks shortcuts downloaded from the internet by default on privacy grounds.

To enable the Untrusted Shortcuts feature, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad and then go to the “Shortcuts” section. Here, tap the toggle next to the “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” option.

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Tap on toggle next to Allow Untrusted Shortcuts

From the popup, tap the “Allow” button and enter your device’s lock screen passcode to confirm.

Tap on Allow to allow for untrusted shortcuts to run on your device

Now we can be on our way to installing the shortcut.

First, open the Open in Chrome shortcut’s iCloud link in Safari. Once the page loads, tap the “Get Shortcut” button.

Tap Get Shortcut

This will open the shortcut in the “Shortcuts” app. Swipe down and tap the “Add Untrusted Shortcut” button.

Tap Add Untrusted Shortcut

You’ll see that the shortcut will be added to the end of your Library. There’s nothing more to do in the Shortcuts app.

To see the shortcut in action, open an app or a page (such as Twitter) and then tap and hold on a link you want to open in Chrome.

Tap and hold on a link you want to open in Chrome

Next, tap the “Share” button from the popup menu.

Tap Share button

If you’re already on the page in Safari that you want to open in Chrome, tap the Share button from the bottom toolbar.

Tap on Share button from Safari on iPhone

Now, swipe up in the Share sheet and scroll past the apps section. In the Actions section, tap the “Open In Chrome” shortcut that we just added.

Tap Open in Chrome from Share sheet

When you select the button, you’ll see the Shortcuts UI for a split second and then the page will load up in Google Chrome.

Same link open in Chrome on iPhone


Want to explore Shortcuts even further? Here’s how to set up a shortcut to quickly open a Settings page on your iPhone and iPad and here’s how to create real automations that get triggered at a certain time or when you open an app.

Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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